I Love New Mexico

About all things New Mexican

April - 25 - 2015

I just read a great essay by Geneen Roth.  She’s written a number of books about women and body image and eating, but this essay in “When you Eat At the Refrigerator, Pull Up a Chair” is by far my favorite. I read it every once in a while to remind myself of how I feel about life in general. Her advice is to celebrate every little thing.  Get yourself out of your head (thinking about yesterday, or tomorrow, or what you ate last night that had too many calories, or what you should have said to that guy who took  [ Read More ]

January - 20 - 2015

A couple of months ago, I promised to post my Grandma Ayres’ chocolate pie recipe after the Texas cousins dinner was over.   I just felt compelled to try it before I posted it.  Yes, in fact, my cousin Tommy’s version was perfect (we all wanted to put our heads in the pie pan and lap up the scraps), but sometimes you want to know if the recipe is really as easy as he says. It looks simple, which was the secret to the success of Grandma’s recipes – she raised ten kids in Porter, New Mexico, on a farmer’s income.  And  [ Read More ]

May - 12 - 2014

Sometimes I’m so busy thinking about what I find most interesting in New Mexico that I forget to notice the obvious. Like a lot of other people, I move as quickly as possible through my life. Last Friday I drove to Logan to help my mom with the Mother’s Day flower rush, a ritual as familiar in my life now as returning for Christmas or the 4th of July. It is a gathering of sorts where my siblings and nieces and daughter and I come together to help in whatever way we can. Not difficult, not exciting, not anything in  [ Read More ]

February - 12 - 2014

Wordless.  Not a descriptor people usually attach to me. But I’ll try. Let me just say that I cleaned off my camera and found these. Enjoy.  

January - 6 - 2014

It’s high school basketball season again.  Finally. In New Mexico that means a lot of things.  There are gymnasiums all over the state where teams are spending at least an hour after school running laps, sprints, drills, and, best of all, plays. Somewhere tonight there’s a kid nursing a bad case of shin splints while another high fives her dad and says, “I made ten free throws in a row during practice! I really did it!” For me, it means only one thing. I’ve printed the Logan Longhorn Basketball schedule and have it on my bulletin board over my desk.  [ Read More ]

November - 25 - 2013

I recently read a post entitled “Always Go To The Funeral.”   A woman named Diedre Sullivan wrote it for the “This I Believe” series on NPR.  She said it was a point on which her father was unyielding.  Whether or not she wanted to, he told her to always go to the funeral.  To do it for the family. It’s a beautiful piece of writing. I’m not stealing Ms. Sullivan’s thoughts.  I just think it bears repeating.  And her post reminded me that I’ve always lived with this advice as well.  Not that it was spoken.  Not that my  [ Read More ]

November - 11 - 2013

This is a repost, in honor of Veteran’s Day and in honor of one of the kindest, gentlest and yet bravest men I’ll ever know.  Kike Waltmon passed away on October 29, 2013, at the age of 96, leaving a huge hole in our lives.  When he and I were spending days together, the thing that impressed me most was that Kike didn’t see what he did as anything out of the ordinary. He didn’t think of himself as a hero, despite his four years as a Prisoner of War in World War II. He signed up for duty and  [ Read More ]

November - 7 - 2013

This is a repost, just in time for Thanksgiving menu planning. I love creating Thanksgiving dinner at my house.  I do the turkey and a few sides, and then my various family and friends who are invited bring the rest.  They’re given general guidelines, but I never know exactly what variation of mashed potatoes or green bean casserole or pie will show up. We always have something spicy on hand, and lots of chopped fresh green chile to spoon over your turkey and dressing.  Here’s just one of the dishes that I’m making this year. Someone posted on Twitter today  [ Read More ]

New Mexico State Fair, New Mexico Expo Rodeo
September - 19 - 2013

Yes, it’s a repost.  About one of my favorite events in New Mexico. Something magical happens in New Mexico the moment the Quay County Fair opens.  The hot, dry, blistery summer that has had us all gasping (especially this summer, but as I recall, in all summers past) through August waiting for some relief breaks and  it suddenly starts to feel like fall.  I know intellectually that this is a product of the calendar being closer to September than July, but all my life I’ve equated it with the Fair.  One morning during the County Fair, you wake up and  [ Read More ]

July - 4 - 2013

I just finished my July 4th breakfast in Santa Fe.  On the Plaza.  But not at one of my favorite restaurants. This time, I ate with thousands of other people at the 38th annual Pancakes on the Plaza event sponsored by the Rotary Club of Santa Fe. It was fun, it was delicious, it was obviously a very local event, and it’s my new favorite July 4th tradition.  For $7 I got to contribute to a good cause and I got to sit in the grass near the obelisk in the Plaza and eat two plate-sized pancakes topped with maple  [ Read More ]

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